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Politics GOP's Youngkin stays away from 'Take Back Virginia' rally

05:00  14 october  2021
05:00  14 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin stayed away from a rally Wednesday featuring Republicans who have spread falsehoods about election fraud, although political allies were due to attend and former President Donald Trump a Youngkin backer, was expected to call in. Conservative radio host John Fredericks, a former Trump campaign chairman in Virginia , organized the “ Take Back Virginia Rally ” that drew at least a few hundred people in the Richmond suburbs to fire up the GOP ' s right wing in the runup to the Nov. 2 elections.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Ashburn, Va ., in late June. (Michael Blackshire/The Washington Post). RICHMOND — Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin will address an "election integrity" rally Saturday, a politically risky event that Virginia ' s two other statewide GOP candidates are skipping.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin stayed away from a rally Wednesday featuring Republicans who have spread falsehoods about election fraud, although political allies were due to attend and former President Donald Trump, a Youngkin backer, was expected to call in.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, gestures as Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin, listens during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, gestures as Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin, listens during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Conservative radio host John Fredericks, a former Trump campaign chairman in Virginia, organized the “Take Back Virginia Rally” that drew at least a few hundred people in the Richmond suburbs to fire up the GOP's right wing in the runup to the Nov. 2 elections.

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  Trump's false election claims in focus in Va. governor race RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Glenn Youngkin has not talked much about the 2020 election, President Donald Trump's lies about fraud and the insurrection on Jan. 6. But when he has, it has not gone smoothly. The GOP nominee for governor of Virginia argued this week that the state's voting machines must be regularly audited, suggesting that would ensure “everybody can trust” the process. Left unsaid was that the machines already undergo annual audits. The comment followed a recent interview in which Youngkin did not directly say whether he would have voted to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory, had he been in Congress. He later followed up to say he would have.

Virginia GOP state Sen. Amanda Chase used a Tuesday radio interview to baselessly claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the state’ s looming gubernatorial election, the first major race to occur in the wake of President Donald Trump’ s continued lies that the 2020 presidential contest was stolen 6 rally during which Trump called on his supporters to “stop the steal” before the insurrection at the U. S . Capitol, has spent recent weeks campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin . Youngkin has flirted with Trump’ s election-related conspiracies throughout the race without explicitly

RICHMOND — GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is scheduled to appear at a two-day "election integrity" rally early next month, a move that elections analysts say could hurt the political newcomer among suburban swing voters who will be crucial to victory in the fall. Youngkin ’ s campaign said he had only agreed to “stop by” the 5th District GOP event, which had been offered to him as a chance to meet with grass-roots volunteers; organizer Melvin Adams agrees that’ s how he’d largely pitched the event to the campaign, without specifically mentioning its focus on “election integrity.”

Among those who spoke or were expected to were: Winsome Sears, a Republican running against Democratic Del. Hala Ayala for lieutenant governor; former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon; Rep. Mark Finchem of Arizona, who has worked to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss; and Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase, a prominent promoter of election fraud conspiracy theories.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor Terry McAuliffe, left, gestures as his Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin, looks on during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor Terry McAuliffe, left, gestures as his Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin, looks on during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are in a tight race in Democratic-leaning Virginia. The Republican has focused his pitch at moderate and independent voters critical to his success. That means treading carefully when addressing the lies about fraud promoted by Trump and others in his party.

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Less than 12 hours after Glenn Youngkin locked up the GOP nomination for Virginia governor on Monday night, former President Donald Trump barreled into 2021’ s most competitive statewide election. "Glenn is pro-Business, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Veterans, pro-America, he knows how to make Trump’ s endorsement came after Youngkin emerged from a contentious nominating battle seeking to lock down the Republican base. But unlike states like Arkansas or South Carolina — red states where Trump has already made endorsements in a 2022 gubernatorial race — the former president’ s

RICHMOND —Glenn Youngkin vowed, as he pursued the GOP nomination for Virginia governor, to steadfastly oppose abortion and roll back restrictions on gun rights. © Steve Helber/AP Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin . "We will protect the Second Amendment and He also said he would support rolling back gun-control legislation passed by Democrats last year after they took control of the House of Delegates and state Senate. Those measures include a “red flag” law intended to take weapons away from people deemed by a judge to be in imminent danger of harming

Youngkin, who in his primary campaign declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected, has since said he believes he was — and that he does not believe there was significant fraud last November.

Youngkin’s campaign did not respond to questions from The Associated Press on Wednesday whether Youngkin expected Trump would campaign with him in the final stretch or why he chose not to attend Wednesday's event, apart from pointing out the candidate’s busy travel schedule Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, Youngkin called into Fredericks’ show and thanked him for hosting the event.

“We’re going to win this,” Fredericks said. "We’re gonna hold the Trump coalition together while Youngkin goes out there and appeals to independents.”

Sears, a Marine veteran, got her start in elected office in 2001 when she stunned both parties by beating a longtime incumbent in an overwhelmingly blue district to become the first Black Republican woman elected to the House of Delegates.

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CLAYTOR LAKE, Virginia – Republican nominee for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin railed against the McAuliffe-Northam mask mandates at a rally in Pulaski County on Saturday. After the event, Youngkin sat down with The Virginia Star to discuss school mask mandates. With today’ s student mask mandate announcement, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe and Richmond liberals have made clear that they will stop at nothing to impose their will and take away parents’ ability to decide what’ s best for our kids. Make no mistake about it, this mask mandate is the first step towards returning to a full

She served just one term before deciding not to seek reelection. More recently, she served as the national chair of an organization dedicated to reelecting Trump, and won Chase's endorsement in the nomination contest.

Democrats condemned the event and called on Youngkin to weigh in on Sears' participation.

“This kind of rhetoric is dangerous and puts lives at risk, and Virginia deserves better than Steve Bannon and Glenn Youngkin," Jayce Genco, communications director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a statement before the event.

They've also criticized Youngkin's continued willingness to campaign with Chase. The state senator from suburban Richmond also sought the nomination for governor this year and routinely shares misinformation about the security of Virginia's elections. Chase, who was censured by the Senate on a bipartisan basis earlier this year, has called for an “audit” of the 2020 election in Virginia and in December said Trump should invoke martial law to seize voting machines.

Trump lost Virginia overwhelmingly to Democrat Joe Biden last year - a routine state audit confirmed the results - and no election was stolen from Trump.

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Trump's former attorney general, William Barr, found no evidence of widespread election corruption. Allegations of massive voting fraud also were dismissed by several judges and refuted by state election officials and an arm of the Homeland Security Department during the Trump administration.

The Youngkin campaign has tried to draw a comparison between the false claims of fraud today and the 2000 presidential election, when a Supreme Court ruling decided the winner and McAuliffe blasted the decision and said the election had been stolen.

Other Republican candidates declined to attend Wednesday's event.

An initial advisory said Jason Miyares, the GOP nominee for attorney general, would attend. But his spokeswoman, Victoria LaCivita, said by phone that was “a mistake, a miscommunication."

She added the candidate's schedule was full, with a debate against incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring earlier in the day and an evening event elsewhere.

Del. Terry Kilgore and Sen. Bill Stanley were at various points advertised as attending but were not on the final speakers' list.

No other Virginia candidates besides Sears were scheduled to speak, according to a list provided to AP.

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